On February 12, 2015, MSI Integrity will release Protecting the Cornerstone: Assessing the Governance of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Groups.
The report will present the findings and recommendations from our 2014 independent research project to assess whether the multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs) at the national level in the EITI — which are responsible for implementation of the EITI process in each country — are being governed and operated effectively.
To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive analysis of national-level EITI MSG governance processes ever conducted. The assessment involved independently reviewing every EITI implementing countries’ governance documentation (over 40 countries), as well as a closer look at the MSG governance practices in 15 countries, including in-country visits to Azerbaijan, Cameroon, DR Congo, the Philippines, and Tanzania. The findings paint a portrait of how decisions are made to implement EITI on the ground — and who makes those decisions — and therefore shed light on important questions about the operation and potential impact of EITI. The report will also include helpful tools for MSGs and civil society, such as a protocol for developing good internal governance policies and practices, and a guidance note that identifies good practices for civil society to participation in MSGs.
A number of events are taking place around the globe to discuss the report findings. The first is being organized by Publish What You Pay International (PWYP) on February 12, 2015 in Washington, DC: an international and multi-stakeholder panel discussion to explore the findings and recommendations of the report. Preliminary statements from Amelia Evans (MSI Integrity) and Eddie Rich (EITI International Secretariat) will open the event. Panelists include:
- Tess Tabada (MSG Civil Society Representatives in the Philippines, Associate Professor for Development Studies at Visayas State University)
- Jean-Claude Katende (MSG Civil Society Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Director of ASADHO and PYWP-DRC Coordinator)
- Paul Bugala (MSG Investors Representative in the United States, Senior Sustainability Analyst at Calvert Investments)
- Moderator: Ian Gary (Senior Policy Manager of Extractive Industries , Oxfam America)
We encourage as many people as possible to come and contribute to the discussion (and join us for an informal reception afterwards!). To RSVP or find more details, please click here.
If you are also interested in holding a discussion on the report, please contact us and we would be happy to see how we can assist or be involved.
This research project was initiated following a request for research from PWYP. It was conducted independently of PWYP, EITI, and its members.